Ethics, Inequity and Pandemic: Challenges for Social Workers
This webinar, featuring Christina Bach, MBE, MSW, LCSW, OSW-C, FAOSW, was recorded on April 10, 2020. As the US and the world confront the COVID-19 pandemic, healthcare professionals are faced with difficult decisions and limited resources. Utilitarian (“greatest good for the greatest number of people”) foundations for decision making are being well circulated in the press. But this framework can lead to moral distress and moral injury. We are also coping with this pandemic in a unique manner-one of shared trauma. Not only are we the helpers; but we are also experiencing this trauma with our clients, our community and our world. This webinar will provide an overview of utilitarian decision making, applications to pandemic, bioethical principles and social work core values as they relate to the current COVID-19 crisis. Challenges of social distancing and privilege will also be addressed with an ethical lens. We will then shift to look at the impact of moral distress and injury and the potential for post traumatic growth and advocacy for change and preparedness at a the micro-mezzo-and macro levels.